At 7,129 metres (23,390 feet), Baruntse lies in the heart of the Himalayan giants of Nepal and has a higher summit success rate than comparable peaks. Our expedition offers an opportunity to climb this classic 7,000 metrepeak, located in a more remote area of the Khumbu region in Nepal in a relatively short amount of time. The summit affords some of the best views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu that can be seen anywhere in the Himalaya.
Our Baruntse/Mera trip gives members the opportunity to warm up on Mera Peak, 6,476 metres (21,247 feet). Mera Peak is a classic, easier, Nepali peak. It is an excellent training ground for the more challenging Baruntse. Both trips (Mera/ Baruntse and Baruntse only) cross the incredibly beautiful AmphuLabtsa Pass, 5,845 metres (19,177 feet). This stunning pass is one of the most impressive passes in the Himalayas and is one of the highlights of the expedition.
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Dan Mazur descending from the summit. Photo Patrick
Baruntse/Mera Peak climb – the Grand Circle Himalayan Traverse
1) Arrive Kathmandu 1,300 meters (4,265 feet). Stay at hotel.
2) Orientation day in Kathmandu. Stay at hotel.
3) Fly to Lukla, 2,860 metres (9,383 feet). Stay at tea house
4) Trek to Chutanga, 3,474 metres (11,398 feet).
5) Trek across the Zetra La pass, 4600 metres (15,092 feet), to the village of Chatra La, 4200 metres/13,780 feet)
6) Walk to Kothey, 3,500 metres/11,483 feet
7) Continue to Tagnag, 4,300 metres/14,108 feet
8) Rest day in Tagnag, acclimatization, explore the surrounding area
9) Walk to Khare at 5,000 metres (16,404 feet), organize equipment
10) Trek across the Mera La, 5,300 metres/17,388 feet to Mera Peak basecamp at 5,100 metres/16,732 feet
11) Rest day, acclimatization, explore the surrounding area
12) Climb to Mera Peak High Camp, 5,768 metres/18,924 feet)
13) Summit Mera Peak, 6,476 metres (21,246 feet), descend back to base camp
14) Extra day for summit attempt and packing up, resting
15) Trek to Rato Oral, 4,683 metres (15,364 feet)
16) Trek to Pokhari, 5,003 metres (16,414 feet)
17) Walk to Baruntse basecamp, 5,300 metres (17,388 feet)
18) Rest & Acclimatization, training, and organization at basecamp
19) Rest in basecamp
20) Climb to camp 1, 6,126 metres (20,100 feet)
21) Rest day in camp 1
22) Climb to camp 2 at 6,400 metres (20,997 feet)
23) Summit attempt, 7,129 metres (23,390 feet)
24) Extra day for summit attempt, return to basecamp, rest
25) Extra day for summit attempt, return to basecamp, rest
26) Extra day for summit attempt, return to basecamp, rest
27) Pack and prepare to depart basecamp
28) Hike to base of AmphuLabtsa pass
29) Cross AmphuLabtsa pass, 5,845 metres (19,177 feet) to Chukkung, 4,750 metres (15,584 feet)
30) Walk to Namche Bazaar, 3,450 metres (11,319 feet)
31) Trek to Lukla.
32) Flight to Kathmandu. Stay at hotel
33) Extra day in Kathmandu, in case of delay, and for sightseeing, gift shopping, celebration, saying goodbye to new friends. Saty at hotel.
34) Fly home.
1) Arrive Kathmandu, 1,300 meters (4,265 feet). Stay at hotel
2) Orientation day in Kathmandu. Stay at hotel
3) Fly to Lukla 2,860 metres (9,383 feet) Trek to Phakding, 2,650 metres (8,694 feet). Stay at tea house.
4) Walk to Namche Bazaar (3,440 metre/11,286 feet).
5) Rest, acclimate, and relax in Namche Bazaar.
6) Trek to Pangboche, 3,985 metres (13,074 feet).
7) Walk to Dingboche, 4,410 metres (14,469 feet).
8) Rest and acclimatization in Dingboche.
9) Trek to the village of Chukhung, 4,750 metre (15,584 feet).
10) Walk to AmphuLabtsa High Camp, 5,213 metres (17,103 feet).
11) Rest and acclimatization in AmphuLabtsa High Camp.
12) Cross the AmphuLabtsa Pass,5,845 metres (19,177 feet) descend to PanchPokhari and camp, 5,274 metres (17,303 feet).
13) Walk to Baruntse basecamp, 5,300 metres (17,388 feet).
14) Walk to Baruntse Advanced Base Camp at 5,800 metres (19,029 feet), return to Baruntse basecamp.
15) Climb to camp 1 (6120 metres/20,100 feet).
16) Short climb to camp 2 at 6400 metres/21,000 feet, return to Baruntse basecamp.
17) Rest in Baruntse Basecamp.
18) Climb to camp 1, 6,126 metres (20,100 feet).
19) Climb to camp 2 at 6400 metres (20,997 feet).
20) Summit attempt, 7,129 metres (23,390 feet).
21) Extra day for summit attempt, return to basecamp, rest
22) Extra day for summit attempt, return to basecamp, pack and prepare to depart basecamp.
23) Pack and depart basecamp; walk down the Hongu Valley to KongmaDingma at 4,540 metres (14,895 feet).
24) Cross Mera La Pass at 5,300 metres (17,388 feet), descend to Tagnag at 4,300 metres (14,108 feet).
25) Walk to Chetra Village at 4,200 metres (13,780 feet).
26) Walk to Lukla at 2,800 metres (9,186 feet).
27) Flight to Kathmandu. Stay at hotel.
28) Extra day in Kathmandu, in case of delay, and for sightseeing, gift shopping, celebration, saying goodbye to new friends. Stay at hotel
29) Fly home. Thank you for joining our Baruntse expedition!
On the way to Summit of Baruntse. Photo Scott.
Leadership: Dan Mazur is a relaxed, friendly, well organized, and highly skilled professional with over 20 years of experience leading people to the summits of Everest, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Manaslu, Shishapangma and Baruntse.
Sherpas: We employ some of Nepal, Tibet, and the Karakorum’s best local mountaineers and Sherpas to assist team members in realizing their summit goals. Our friendly and loyal high altitude climbing staff has supported teams to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.
Extensive experience is not required for climbing Baruntse. The most important thing is for members to be in adequate walking fitness. You may attempt this climb as a novice and we will teach you what you need to know. No further experience is required.
To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.
Rucksack and Travel Bags:
We provide group gear, equipment, and supplies including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection, tents; stoves, fuel, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. A personal tent will be provided for each member at base camp. On the upper mountain, team members will share tents. In base camp, a shower, toilet, solar charger, and a dining tent will be provided.
Climber enjoying Summit day near summit of Baruntse
Please fill out an application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit to hold your place on the team.
In addition to your application, we will need the following at least two months before the trip begins:
Please contact us with any questions you may have.
Baruntse Team Member. Burkhard Felber
Here is what Jose says:
Baruntse is a great expedition, and the Mera preliminary is a good test. The general experience of the sherpas and leaders is evident in terms of deciding strategy and defining daily schedules, this also implies that the tent, porters and kitchen teams work in a very effective way.
Here what George S says:
Here is what Felix says:
- Beautiful itinerary with good campsites and many interesting activities;
- Good leaders;
- Lots of experienced staff and sherpas, even a good cook;
- International team: good teamwork and gathering of people.
Here is what Markus Beck says:
3:28pm Nov 7: from Facebook:
Good work. It was hard work with all that snow. Your team had it timed luckily for mera pk and baruntse BC to take advantage of good weather and a more solid trail. I'm sure for crossing amphu laptsa (which we abandoned on oct 26), it took a big group effort of the Sherpas to get it done. We met a few members of the team as well as the team leader. Good group, good organization. - Markus Beck
Review from Kurt: Here's a few photos from my recent trip to Baruntse (7127m). Thanks to the leader, Sherpas, and SummitClimb for a well organized successful expedition. -Kurt